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June 2012 Gregory W. Rouan, MD, FACP, ACP Governor

From the Governor

Dr. Rouan

Our vision is to define and provide value to our diverse membership of the Ohio ACP Chapter. Our members at least include generalists and subspecialists. Our constituencies include the entire continuum from medical student to resident to young physician to established and senior practitioners. You serve our patients in hospital or ambulatory settings and in teaching or non-teaching environments. Please click here to browse our site and learn more about our Chapter.

As we begin our summer season later this month we would like to summarize the accomplishments of our Chapter over these past several months. We have all again been very busy with our various ACP efforts. Those at least include our attendance participation at the IM 2012 national ACP meeting in New Orleans in April, attendance at the national ACP leadership day last week, but also planning of a wonderful Ohio Chapter meeting in October, 2012. Those successes are again in large part based upon our Chapter’s leadership team. Those at least include: Linda Ha the Chair Chapter Scientific Program Planning Committee, Michael Tan the Chair of the Membership Committee, John Schroder the Chair of the Program Directors Committee, Moises Auron the Chair of the Young Physicians Committee, Joseph Myers the Chair of the Awards Committee, and Arlene Fedorcheck and Dan Sullivan the Chair and co-Chair of the Health and Public Policy Committee. You will again hear more from them in this newsletter.

Jan Wrassman our executive director and I would very much appreciate hearing from you both in terms of any suggestions you may have for how the Ohio Chapter of the ACP that might help make us better physicians and improve the quality of our professional lives and those of our patients. I would recommend that you contact either me (greg.rouan@uc.edu) directly or our Executive Director Jan Wrassman (jwrassman@fuse.net).

Please be reminded of our Ohio ACP Fall Scientific Chapter Meeting at the Columbus Convention Center, Thursday and Friday, October 25th and 26th, 2012. We have a full day planned for you on Thursday, October 25th with both the medical student and resident Doctor’s Dilemmas in the morning and afternoon respectively. Our Leadership and Faculty Development course will also take place in the afternoon of Thursday, October 25th.

Dr. Linda Ha and her team have again put together another outstanding meeting. A significant increase in CME credit will be offered as a result of our two day format. An innovative pricing structure will also be offered in order to enhance the value for our membership and also allowing them significant choice based upon their needs and schedules. Please visit the Chapter website for the full program listing and to register for the meeting and hotel.

Kim Jordan and Linda Lemaster have received a record number of abstracts from our students and residents again this year. Please consider being a judge this year. It is a great opportunity to interact with our younger members. If you would like to judge, you can reach Kim Jordan, MD, FACP at (jordak2@aol.com). Read more about the Chapter meeting in Linda Ha’s report.

Joseph Myers is now formally requesting nominations for Chapter Awards to be held at our 2012 Scientific Chapter meeting. All Masters, Fellows and Members are invited to nominate. Categories include Laureate, Master Teacher and Volunteerism Awards. Please email Joe at myersaj@summahealth.org . The deadline for nominations is July 15th. Here is the Chapter website for nominations.

Congratulations to our three LEAD certificate awardees. Those include Linda Ha, Michael Tan, and Arlene Fedorchek. Ohio lead the nation by having three of our members receive this recognition.

In addition our Chapter also led the nation with New Fellows achieving their FACP status with 28 members.

Michael Tan from Akron is our Membership Chair. His focus is retention and recruitment of members. His efforts resulted in an amazing number of new resident and student members along with an unprecedented number of members being promoted to fellowship. You can read more about Mike’s efforts below.

Additional remarkable celebrations that we should again take note of:

Dr. Ecklar

1. G. Patrick Ecklar, MD, FACP, was awarded the 2012 Physician Advocate of the Year at the Ohio State Medical Association’s annual meeting in March. This award recognizes a physician who goes beyond his/her primary role of providing clinical treatment to their patients by advocating at the local, state and/or federal levels for the well-being of the medical profession, patients and communities in which he/she serves. If you would like to read more about Dr. Ecklar and his achievements please click here.

2. Dr. Jim Kravec of Canfield has been appointed Chair of Internal Medicine at St. Elizabeth. Jim also serves on the Governor’s Advisory Council.

3. The Ohio Chapter was one of three Chapters invited to present a webinar to the Governor’s Elect. The title of the webinar was “Exceptional Councils: Herding the Cats”.

4. We have two more members working towards their LEAD Certificates.

5. The Ohio Chapter is working hard to again lead the nation this academic year with the number of members receiving their FACP designation. We currently have 28 members who will achieve FACP designation on July 1st!

Once again our accomplishments reflect a stellar year. As always, I am very proud to be your Governor and sincerely hope that you become more involved in your ACP activities in our state.

Gregory Rouan, MD, FACP


News and Opportunities from the National ACP Office

ACP Publications Win Awards for Publishing Excellence

ACP Pleased with Rule to Increase Medicaid Payment Rates

ACP Applauds Introduction of Bipartisan Bill to Eliminate Medicare SGR Formula

ACP JournalWise: Reviews of the World's Top Medical Journals--FREE to ACP Members!

CMS Comprehensive Primary Care Initiative:

Dr. Richard Baron and other CMS staff recently had a conference call with ACP Chapters located in the seven regions targeted for the new Comprehensive Primary Care Initiative. A recording of that call as well as a PowerPoint slide set are available at this link. I found both the recording and the slides to be very informative and these will be particularly applicable to those who live and work in southwest Ohio in the Cincinnati, Dayton, and northern Kentucky area. The model of care and payment being tested would be an example of the new approaches in the recently introduced SGR-fix bill, the Medicare Physician Payment Innovation Act of 2012.

Call for Resolutions for the Spring, 2013 IM Board of Governor’s Meeting:

Are you concerned about a practice or clinical issue or have an idea you'd like to suggest for a resolution from our Chapter? If so, please contact me (greg.rouan@uc.edu) and we will advance that through your Governor’s Advisory Council (GAC) and onto the national level.

Initiating a resolution provides ACP members an opportunity to focus attention at the ACP national level on a particular issue or topic that concerns them. Participating in the Board of Governors resolutions process provides the ACP grassroots member a voice and allows you to shape College policy that impacts the practice of internal medicine. When drafting a resolution, don't forget to consider how well it fits within ACP's Mission and Goals. In addition, be sure to use the College's Strategic Plan to guide you when proposing a resolution topic.

If effecting change interests you, the deadline for submitting new resolutions to be heard at the Spring, 2013 Board of Governors Meeting is September 26, 2012. Members must submit resolutions to their Governor and/or chapter council. A resolution becomes a resolution of the chapter once the chapter council approves it.

Not sure how to begin drafting a resolution? Researching the College's position on an issue can give you a start. Visit the ACP Online homepage and click the "Advocacy" link in the right-hand, top margin to access ACP policy positions, read about recent ACP advocacy activities, or search the ACP's Public Policy Virtual Library (PPVL). Visit your chapter website, too, and click the link under "Advocacy" to access Electronic Resolutions System (ERS) where you can search past or proposed resolutions. A copy of the resolutions process is available on the ERS which furnishes more details on formatting resolutions, as well the process for submission, review, and approval.


2012 ACP Leadership Day Report

Drs. Arlene Fedorchak and Daniel Sullivan,
Chair and co-Chair of the Ohio Chapter Health and Public Policy Committee

The Ohio Chapter again had a solid representation of our membership at the national ACP Leadership Day on Capitol Hill. The group visited 11 of our elected representatives. The day was exciting and we were welcomed by the staff, congressional representatives and senators.

It is a privilege to be part of a team structured to help our elected officials make positive change. There was a lot of energy and a spirit of teamwork. The combination of physicians in training and internists in practice gave our Congressional Representatives and Senators a view of the present challenges and the plans of our next generation doctors. This is a stepping stone for continued efforts in our communities this election year.

Our visit with Congressman Chabot was during a break from Judiciary hearings. He met us in a room just outside the proceedings. He showed a great interest in the Health Court pilot proposed by the ACP. He will consider sponsoring legislation to help streamline the malpractice process so that cases with merit move quickly and cases without foundation are dismissed. This is a proposed option for patients that uses Judges with healthcare expertise rather than a jury.


2012 Ohio ACP Annual Scientific Meeting

Dr. Linda Ha
Chair Program Committee,

We cordially invite you to attend the 2012 Ohio ACP Annual Scientific Meeting to be held on Thursday and Friday, October 25th and October 26th, at the Greater Columbus Convention Center. Attendees can earn up to 15.75 CME Category 1 credits with attendance of both days, including credits towards Self-Evaluation Program Module (SEP) in Outpatient and Inpatient medicine and ACP LEAD (Leadership Enhancement and Development) designated sessions.

On Thursday, October 25th, we will have the Professional Development Seminar, Self-Evaluation Program (SEP) Modules, Doctors Dilemma and Students Poster Presentation. The Professional Development Seminar will address the needs of working with trainees in medical education, specifically the ACGME-Competency Based Training and Milestone model, Direct Observational Skills, and Working with problem and Marginal Residents. The Seminar is also designated for credits towards ACP Lead Certification. We will offer the ABIM Self-Evaluation Program (SEP) Module in Outpatient and Inpatient Medicine with the opportunity to interact with our faculty moderator. The Chapter meeting is once again hosting the Associates Doctors Dilemma competition with the winning team to represent Ohio at the national ACP meeting in San Francisco 2013. This year, we are having the Students Doctors Dilemma competition in Columbus. Registration for both Students and Associates Doctors Dilemma Team is now open. Visit our website to register your team! Please plan to attend and support our Students Poster Competition on Thursday evening between 5:00-6:00 PM.

The Scientific Meeting on Friday, October 26th promises to be diverse, interactive and engaging. A review of “Top Primary Care Literature”, Updates in Cardiovascular disease, Infectious Disease, Hospital Medicine, Nephrology and Dermatology highlight our Plenary sessions. There will be a hands-on session on performing sports physicals and recognition of concussion injury from our colleague at the Ohio State University Sports Medicine. Receive valuable ideas on how to apply current technology to your practice with our Breakout Session: “There’s an App for That.” An interactive case-discussion session is dedicated to exploring today’s challenging ethical issues in medical care and professionalism. Several Concurrent Sessions will be offered to meet your unique clinical interest. Headaches Management Strategies, Weight Loss Strategies, and Health and Public Policy sessions will explore the most current concepts and help clinicians apply them to their everyday practice. Associates and students will have the opportunity to acquire valuable insight into Residency, Fellowship and private practice preparation with our Students/Associates Programs (“Making the Transition” and “A Guide to Residency and Fellowship”). Dr. Eric Warm will once again test our clinical problem solving skills at the “Meet the Professor” session and promises to be both entertaining and challenging. The Associates Poster Competition will be held from 1:00-2:00 PM following the Annual Awards Luncheon. This year, the Ohio Chapter is honored to have Robert Luke, MD, MACP, speak on behalf of the ACP Regent at our “Fostering Excellence in Internal Medicine 2012” session. Registration for the Scientific Meeting is now open by visiting our website We look forward to seeing you in Columbus.


News from the Awards Committee of the Ohio Chapter

Dr. Joseph Myers

Dr. Myers and his committee are anxious to take on the role of advocating for your colleagues deserving of advancement to fellowship. In addition our Chapter recognizes those who have distinguished themselves in their careers with our Chapter awards as noted above. Nominations for the Master Teacher, Laureate, and Volunteerism awards are due by July 15, 2012. Please contact Dr. Myers with deserving candidates.


Membership Update

Dr. Michael Tan

Our “SUPER” focusing on the professional needs of the current and potential members continues to be successful and serve as a best practice nationally for other chapters. We presented our model in New Orleans at the Board of Governors meeting during the Chapter Leadership Network as an invited presentation. This was extremely well received by all in attendance.

Again the American College of Physicians and the Ohio Chapter encourages all members to help strengthen the voice of internal medicine by recommending ACP Membership to colleagues. By joining the College, your colleagues will enrich their clinical knowledge and skills and have access to all of the ACP member benefits that you enjoy.

As with the national Recruit-a-Colleague Program, the RACC Program rewards successful individual recruiters with dues credits for each new full Member recruited and a chance to win a trip to the annual Internal Medicine meeting. In addition, the RACC Program also provides rewards to the recruiters’ chapters. The Recruit-a-Colleague Chapter Rewards Program runs annually from April 1 through March 15.

To participate, simply forward to your colleagues the Membership application . To qualify for the program, your name must be listed on the recruiter line of this specially coded application.

To learn more, please visit www.acponline.org/recruitacolleague.


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